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Carl Bannerman

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Maxwell Frankfurter

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Robert Hapke

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Blake Jardin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Paul Kaminski

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Sweta Narayan

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Margo Orlen

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jesse Pace

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Kenneth Pham

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Carson Poltorack

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Han Seul Ryu

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Yusha Sun

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jonathan Sussman

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Daniel Yen

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Nicole Zaragoza Rodriguez

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Adam Ziada

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Emily Hodgson

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Emily Partridge
Victoria (Vicky) Yanouskiy

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Taylor Yount

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Joseph Yano

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Haohan (Karen) Wei

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

May Wai

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Megan Stefkovich

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Qianxuan (Sean) She

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Madeline Merlino

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Kelsey O'Brien

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Vi Pham

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Elizabeth Mercado Ayon

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Andrew Marques

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Kevin Mears

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Ariana Majer

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Giselle Lopez Fernandez

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Keegan Krick

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Shuk Hang (Grace) Li

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Aradhana Kasimsetty

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Orlaith Keenan

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Yong Hyun (Daniel) Kim

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

James Goldberg

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jennifer (Jen) Hoffmann

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jillian (Jill) Eisenhauer

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Julia Flores

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Sarah Gagnon

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jeriel Dumeng Rodriguez

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Sarah Dysinger

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Timothy Cater

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Priyanka Chatterjee

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Krista Budinich

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Erica Brown

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Gabriel (Gabe) Birchak

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Daniel Baker

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Sara Alexander

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Robin Bailey

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Amber Abbott

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jorge Acuña

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Clayton Otter

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Rahul Kohli
Pierce Nathanson

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2008

Advisor(s):

  • Alice Chen-Plotkin

Rotations:

  • Susan Weiss
  • Alice Chen-Plotkin
  • David Artis
  • Aaron Gitler

In the vast majority of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and ~50% of the cases of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, pathology is characterized by mislocalization and aggregation of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) in neurons and glia. Research has emphasized TDP-43’s role as an RNA binding protein and despite in vitro characterization of TDP-43’s ability to bind DNA, a genome-wide DNA binding map has yet to be defined. Therefore, I am studying the DNA binding characteristics of TDP-43 in human cells via ChIP-Seq and subsequent biochemical analysis. 


Alexis Gibson

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Genome Wide CRISPR/Cas9 Knockout Screen Identifies Host Genes Important for Cryptosporidium parvum Infection

Advisor(s):

  • Boris Striepen
Monika Eiva

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Determining the coordinated inhibitory molecule expression profile of tumor-reactive TIL and their relationship to CD137+ TIL relative dysfunction and anti-tumor potency

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Powell

Rotations:

  • Margaret Chou
  • Daniel Powell
  • Celeste Simon
Trevor Griesman (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Innate immunity in primary neurons: specialized responses to viral infection

Advisor(s):

  • Sara Cherry

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Paul Bates
  • Sara Cherry
Katrina Estep

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Bradley Johnson

Rotations:

  • Craig Bassing
  • Roger Greenberg
  • Bradley Johnson
Christopher Gu

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Frederic Bushman

Rotations:

  • Frederic Bushman
  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Scott Hensley
Joshua Hatterschide

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: The role of PTPN14 inactivation by HPV E7 in the differentiation-dependent HPV life cycle

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth White

Rotations:

  • Carolina Lopez
  • Elizabeth White
  • Susan Weiss
Ian Folkert

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The Role of the Endothelin B Receptor in Macrophage Function

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Anil Rustgi
  • Malay Haldar
Beatrice Herrmann

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Christoph Thaiss
Kay Foos

Cancer Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Lewis Chodosh
Nelson (Trip) Freeburg

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • David Feldser

Rotations:

  • Donita Brady
  • David Feldser
  • Luca Busino
Philip Hicks

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The role of retrograde trafficking during cellular entry by severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Bates

Rotations:

  • Ronald Harty
  • Paul Bates
  • Elizabeth White
Rebecca Glynn

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Defining the Mechanism and Function of DNA Double Strand Break Induced Inhibition of V(D)J Recombination

Advisor(s):

  • Craig Bassing

Rotations:

  • John Maris
  • Ronny Drapkin
  • Craig Bassing
Nadia Kadry

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Frederic Bushman
  • Ronald Collman
Jason Godfrey

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Glucagon signaling in liver cancer

Advisor(s):

  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
  • Nicola Mason
  • Celeste Simon

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second most lethal type of cancer in the world and lacks effective targeted therapies, in part, due to its genetic heterogeneity. Altered cellular metabolism that promotes tumor growth represents a common feature in HCC. I will explore epigenetic mechanisms by which these metabolic phenotypes exist to discover new therapeutic strategies for a wider patient population.


Nathan Krump

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Dissecting the Immune Response to Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection

Advisor(s):

  • Jianxin You

Rotations:

  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Jianxin You
  • Igor Brodsky
Grant Grothusen (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Developing a genetic platform to identify cullin-RING ubiquitin ligase roles in cancer

Advisor(s):

  • Luca Busino

Rotations:

  • Luca Busino
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Zoltan Arany
Xu Han

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Mark Kahn
  • Yi Fan
  • Celeste Simon
Natasha Lopes Fischer

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Evasion of Human Innate Immunity by Coxiella burnetii

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Sunny Shin
  • Paul Planet
Victoria Lovins

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Grice

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Grice
  • David Weiner
  • Carolina Lopez
Sabina Hlavaty (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Zachary Schug
Tomaz Manzoni

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Developing improved vaccine platforms against severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Bates

Rotations:

  • Carolina Lopez
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Paul Bates
Chi-Lee (Charlie) Ho

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Ryeom

Rotations:

  • Xiaolu Yang
  • Dmitry Gabrilovich
  • Sandra Ryeom
Kaitlin Marquis (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Frederic Bushman

Rotations:

  • Susan Weiss
  • Sara Cherry
  • Frederic Bushman
Erin Hollander

Cancer Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Ben Stanger

Rotations:

  • Daniel Powell
  • Margaret Chou
  • Ben Stanger
Rina Matsuda

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Role of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis virulence in granuloma formation during intestinal infection

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Boris Striepen
  • Michael Abt
Nina Montoya

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Defining capsule and exopolysaccharide-independent complement resistance factors in Kingella kingae

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth White
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Joseph St Geme
Jane Yinghui Huang (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Role of HMG-box transcription factor TOX in maintaining CD8 T cell exhaustion

Advisor(s):

  • John Wherry

Rotations:

  • Dmitry Gabrilovich
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • John Wherry
Daniel Morris (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • George Shaw

Rotations:

  • George Shaw
  • Katharine Bar
  • Michael Betts
Luke Izzo

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Investigating the role of ACLY and acetyl-CoA metabolism in hepatocellular carcinoma

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Wellen

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Wei Tong
  • Martin Carroll
Kanika Jain

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Margaret Chou

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
  • Saar Gill
  • Dmitry Gabrilovich
  • Gregory Beatty
Nawar Naseer

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Sunny Shin
  • Paul Planet

I am studying how the human immune system recognizes Salmonella, which causes diarrheal disease. Salmonella initially invades and replicates within intestinal epithelial cells by using type III secretion systems (T3SSs) to inject proteins into host cells. I am studying the role of a cytosolic sensor called human NAIP (hNAIP) during Salmonella infection. I will determine which T3SS components are sensed by hNAIP, what response hNAIP mounts, and whether these responses control bacterial infection.


Priya Khurana

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Investigating the immunometabolism and anti-tumor properties of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in neuroblastoma

Advisor(s):

  • Hamid Bassiri

Rotations:

  • Roger Greenberg
  • Maureen Murphy
  • Hamid Bassiri
Elise Peauroi

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Investigating the innate immune antagonistic effects of the multifunctional C15 protein of Ectromelia virus

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
Alexandra Perry

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Kimberly Gallagher
  • Mechthild Pohlschroder
Tzvi Pollock

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Determining the Mechanism of TNF-Mediated Defense Against Intracellular Legionella pneumophila Infection

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • Phillip Scott
  • Michael Povelones
  • Sunny Shin
David Renner

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Susan Weiss

Rotations:

  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Susan Weiss
  • Kristen Lynch
Avery Lee

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Investigating the Roles of Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase in theMalignant Progression of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Advisor(s):

  • Andrew Hu

Rotations:

  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
  • Andrew Hu
  • Oliver Garden
In Young Lee

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Understanding and Overcoming Melanoma Resistance to GPCR-based Therapy

Advisor(s):

  • Todd Ridky

Rotations:

  • David Feldser
  • Todd Ridky
  • Gerald Linette
Prioty Sarwar

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Planet

Rotations:

  • Paul Planet
  • Dustin Brisson
Jesse Lee

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Gregory Beatty

Rotations:

  • John Maris
  • Saar Gill
  • Gregory Beatty
Elisha Segrist

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigating the Role of STING during enteric RNA virus infection in Drosophila

Advisor(s):

  • Sara Cherry

Rotations:

  • Sara Cherry
  • Harvey Friedman
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
Ariel Shepley-McTaggart

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: The Ups and Downs of Host Regulation of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Egress

Advisor(s):

  • Ronald Harty

Rotations:

  • Beatrice Hahn
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Ronald Harty
Alexander Smith

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Zackular

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Michael Silverman
Graham Lobel

Cancer Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar
  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Anil Rustgi
  • Malay Haldar
  • Celeste Simon
Gregory Sousa

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Povelones

Rotations:

  • Matthew Hayes
  • Michael Povelones
  • De'Broski Herbert
Katherine Strelau

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Defining the proteins responsible for establishing C. parvum infection

Advisor(s):

  • Boris Striepen

Rotations:

  • Carolina Lopez
  • Boris Striepen
  • David Weiner
Sierra McDonald

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: TOX2 as a novel regulator of central memory phenotype in CAR T cells

Advisor(s):

  • Shelley Berger

Rotations:

  • Paul Lieberman
  • Shelley Berger
  • Gerd Blobel
Alice Sukhina (she/her & they/them)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Warren Pear
  • Will Bailis
Bailey Nance (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Celeste Simon
  • Terrance Gade
  • Liming Pei
Michael Noji (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Zachary Schug
  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Zoltan Arany
Monica Wei

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Grice

Rotations:

  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Kai Tan
  • Elizabeth Grice
Robert Norgard

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Calcium signaling induces a partial EMT in carcinoma cells

Advisor(s):

  • Ben Stanger

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Ian Blair
Ellen White

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Grice

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Michael Silverman
Louis Parham

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Kathryn Hamilton

Rotations:

  • Andrew Hu
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Kathryn Hamilton
Vincent Wu

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Role of KLRG1 signaling on CD8+ T-cells during chronic HIV infection

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Betts

Rotations:

  • Frederic Bushman
  • Michael Betts
  • Elizabeth Grice
Joshua Parris

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The Impact of Astrocytes on the Response of Melanoma Brain Metastases to Targeted Therapy

Advisor(s):

  • Maureen Murphy

Rotations:

  • Anil Rustgi
  • John Maris
  • Maureen Murphy
June Yang

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Jianxin You

Rotations:

  • Jianxin You
  • Ronald Collman
  • Dennis Kolson
Aishwarya Pawar

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Vikram Paralkar

Rotations:

  • Margaret Chou
  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Paul Lieberman
Jenna Zhang

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin
  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Joseph Zackular
Caroline Perry

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Joe Baur

Rotations:

  • Joe Baur
  • Douglas Wallace
  • Zachary Schug
Nicholas Aboreden

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Gerd Blobel

Rotations:

  • Junwei Shi
  • Gerd Blobel
  • Alessandro Gardini
Hunter Reavis

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Ronny Drapkin

Rotations:

  • Roger Greenberg
  • Rugang Zhang
  • Ronny Drapkin
Shovik Bandyopadhyay

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Ivan Maillard
Ryan Boe (he/him/his)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Arjun Raj

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
  • Arjun Raj
Osvaldo Rivera

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Splicing Variation Contributes to Functional Dysregulation of AML-associated Genes

Advisor(s):

  • Yoseph Barash
  • Kristen Lynch

Rotations:

  • Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
  • Irfan Asangani
  • Yoseph Barash
  • John Lynch
Nicholas Bolden

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Planet

Rotations:

  • Paula Oliver
  • Mark Goulian
  • Paul Planet
Kerry Roby

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Response to Stress by the Tumor Microenvironment

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Ryeom

Rotations:

  • Sandra Ryeom
  • John Lynch
  • Constantinos Koumenis
Charles Bond (he/him/his)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Melike Lakadamyali

Rotations:

  • Melike Lakadamyali
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Paul Janmey
Ricky Brathwaite (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Todd Ridky
  • George Burslem
Benjamin Caiello

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Patrick Grohar

Rotations:

  • Bradley Johnson
  • Paul Lieberman
  • Patrick Grohar
Jennifer Shah (she/her/hers)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Genetic Determinants of Recurrence in BRCA1/2 Breast and Ovarian Cancers

Advisor(s):

  • Katherine Nathanson

Rotations:

  • John Lynch
  • John Maris
  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
Sarah Campbell (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Thomas Jongens
Jaimarie Sostre

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Titchenell

Rotations:

  • Tzipora Sarah Karin Eisinger
  • Paul Titchenell
  • Patrick Seale
Maria Carrera

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Andres Blanco

Rotations:

  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Andres Blanco
  • Brian Capell
Joshua Soto Ocaña

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: Defining the protective role of prostaglandins during Clostridioides difficile infection

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Zackular

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Hamilton
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Thomas DeRaedt
Stephen Carro

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Sara Cherry
  • Boris Striepen
Qiaosi (Tracy) Tang

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Investigating the role of mutant p53 in lung metastasis in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

Advisor(s):

  • Anil Rustgi

Rotations:

  • Celeste Simon
  • Anil Rustgi
  • Roger Greenberg
Kyabeth Torres-Rodriguez

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Betts
  • John Maris

Rotations:

  • John Maris
  • Michael Betts
  • Joseph Fraietta
Nathan Coffey

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: Investigating the Role of Reduced Branched-Chain Amino Acid Catabolism in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Katalin Susztak
  • Zoltan Arany
  • Celeste Simon
  • Gregory Beatty
Tiffany Tsang

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Paradoxical YAP activation as an emergent limitation to Cu chelation therapy in BRAFV600E-driven melanoma

Advisor(s):

  • Donita Brady

Rotations:

  • Donita Brady
  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Constantinos Koumenis
Ian Cohn (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
Patricia Colosi (they/them/theirs)

Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Melike Lakadamyali

Rotations:

  • Meera Sundaram
  • Melike Lakadamyali
  • Tatyana Svitkina
Perry Demsko

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Stefano Rivella
  • Saar Gill

Rotations:

  • Michael Milone
  • Saar Gill
  • Stefano Rivella
Fangxue (Yumi) Yan

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: The role of Epigenetic Regulators in Restricting LSD1i-Mediated Differentiation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Advisor(s):

  • Andres Blanco

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • David Feldser
  • Andres Blanco
Katherine Doerig

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • David Feldser
  • Maureen Murphy
Darwin Ye

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Pattern recognition receptor signaling in immune checkpoint blockade resistance

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
  • Junwei Shi
  • Shelley Berger
Alejandra Fausto (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Susan Weiss

Rotations:

  • Kellie Jurado
  • Paul Bates
  • Susan Weiss
Sixiang Yu

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Xiaolu Yang

Rotations:

  • Shelley Berger
  • Xiaolu Yang
  • Gerd Blobel
Ethan Fein

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Patrick Seale
Annabel Ferguson

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • De'Broski Herbert

Rotations:

  • Sara Cherry
  • Michaela Locci
  • Frederic Bushman
Duo Zhang

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Yi Fan

Rotations:

  • Youhai Chen
  • Celeste Simon
  • Kathryn Wellen
Adam Ferrari

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Constantinos Koumenis
  • Patrick Grohar
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Ronny Drapkin
Brian Franklin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
Megan Blair (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Doris Stoffers
  • Joe Baur
Zachary Gardner

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Bradley Johnson
Karina Chaudhari (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: The Roundabout receptor recruits the Scar/Wave Complex to control axon guidance at the midline

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Michael Marks
  • Janis Burkhardt
  • Greg Bashaw
Amy Gladstein

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Brian Capell
  • Nancy Bonini
  • David Feldser
Jessica Chotiner

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Cyclin B3 is an essential factor in female fertility and embryonic development

Advisor(s):

  • Jeremy Wang

Rotations:

  • Jeremy Wang
  • Yana Kamberov
  • Marisa Bartolomei
Brian Goldspiel

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Carolina Lopez
  • Will Bailis
Stephen Coscia

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: A mechanistic investigation into F-actin assembly on mitochondria as a wave

Advisor(s):

  • Erika Holzbaur

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Michael Ostap
  • James Shorter
Nicholas Grams

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Weitzman

Rotations:

  • Dieter Schifferli
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Paul Lieberman
Rumi Habib

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Kulp
  • George Shaw

Rotations:

  • Daniel Kulp
  • George Shaw
  • Scott Hensley
Lisa Cucolo

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Tumor RIPK1 Signaling Mediates Intrinsic and Extrinsic Mechanisms of Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Blockade Therapy

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Andy Minn
  • Dwight Gilliland
Michaela Helble

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Kulp

Rotations:

  • Daniel Powell
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Daniel Kulp
Abdias Diaz-Rosado

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Melike Lakadamyali
  • Vera Krymskaya
  • Liming Pei
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
Kevin Hernandez

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Joseph St Geme
Olivia Farrelly

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Corneal nerves constitute a functional stem cell niche for epithelial homeostasis and regeneration

Advisor(s):

  • Panteleimon Rompolas

Rotations:

  • Mark Kahn
  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • Sandra Ryeom
Caitlin Hopkins

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Fraietta

Rotations:

  • Hamid Bassiri
  • Hansell Stedman
  • Joseph Fraietta
Emily Fernandez Garcia

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Targeting MCU-mediated Calcium Uptake by Mitochondria for the Development of New Chemotherapies

Advisor(s):

  • Kevin Foskett

Rotations:

  • Kevin Foskett
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Robert Kalb

 As a dissertation student my thesis project aims to understand how genetic and pharmacological inhibition of calcium influx into mitochondria, as well as inhibition of calcium transfer from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to mitochondria affects the survival of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Cancer is characterized by accelerated growth and division of unhealthy cells. While mitochondria are the main organelles that supply the energetic needs of cells through oxidative phosphorylation, the most prominent feature of cancer cells is a remodeled cell metabolism based on constitutive aerobic glycolysis. It is then reasonably assumed that the biological function of mitochondria as the “powerhouse of the cell” is diminished in cancer cells.
     On the other hand, the unexpected finding from our lab published by Cardenas et al., (2016), revealed that constitutive influx of calcium into mitochondria is indispensable for survival of cancer cells. Therefore, I propose that calcium signaling from the ER to mitochondria, as well as calcium influx to mitochondria can be independently targeted for the development of novel chemotherapeutics to selectively damage and kill cancer cells. While the Foskett lab is recognized by the international scientific community as a significant contributor in many research areas, such as calcium signaling, the development of my project in cancer biology will enrich the expertise of the lab. Furthermore, I expect that the knowledge gained from my research will be employed to optimize and increase current chemotherapies.

 


Valerie Irizarry-Negron

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Dmitry Gabrilovich
  • Ben Stanger
  • Chengcheng Jin
Emily Flam

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Kenneth Margulies
Yanqing (Christine) Jiang

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Celeste Simon

Rotations:

  • Celeste Simon
  • Ben Stanger
  • Liling Wan
Clark Fritsch

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Yale Goldman

Rotations:

  • Marc Vermulst
  • Rugang Zhang
  • Edward Lee
  • Ronen Marmorstein
Benjamin Kahn

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Klaus Kaestner
Yaoyu Gong

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Enhancing antitumor cytotoxicity of natural killer cells by increasing their intracellular pH

Advisor(s):

  • Chi Dang

Rotations:

  • Chi Dang
  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Celeste Simon
Olivia Harding

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: How do the molecular pathways of mitophagy intersect with those of inflammation in neurons; and are these pathways, and their disruption, implicated in the etiology of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases?

Advisor(s):

  • Erika Holzbaur

Rotations:

  • Chi Dang
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Marc Vermulst
Andrew Katznelson

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Kenneth Zaret

Rotations:

  • Gerd Blobel
  • Kenneth Zaret
  • Melike Lakadamyali
Julie Heffler

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Benjamin Prosser

Rotations:

  • Michael Granato
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Benjamin Prosser

Cardiac myocytes are unique in their constant and cyclic exposure to mechanical forces as the heart beats. It has been well-known for decades that changes in these mechanical forces can contribute to heart disease, but the mechanism by which changes to stress and strain cause pathology remains unclear. My project focuses on the role of the cytoskeleton in sensing and responding to changes in mechanical stress and strain in cardiomyocytes and how those changes contribute to disease.


Melissa Kim

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Lengner

Rotations:

  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Christopher Lengner
Corey Holman

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Patrick Seale

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Patrick Seale
Max Klapholz

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
  • Maayan Levy
  • John Wherry
Kylie Konrath

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Kulp

Rotations:

  • Daniel Kulp
  • Norbert Pardi
  • Mike Farwell
Vineet Kulkarni (he/him/his)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Maday

Rotations:

  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Claudio Giraudo
  • Wei Guo
Napasorn Kuprasertkul

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Roger Greenberg
  • Liling Wan
Sean Louzon

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: Investigating the role of the histone variant H2BE in glial cell senescence in the brain

Advisor(s):

  • Erica Korb

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Phillips-Cremins
  • James Shorter
  • Erica Korb
Katherine Labella

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Thomas DeRaedt
  • Yael Mosse
  • Celeste Simon
Brittany MacTaggart (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Anna Kashina

Rotations:

  • Anna Kashina
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Erfei Bi
Amanda Lee

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Peter Choi

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
  • Marco Ruella
  • Peter Choi
Quentin McAfee

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Michael Marks
  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Zoltan Arany
Elisabeth Lemmon

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Robert Mauck
Danielle Minichino

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The effects of hyper MAPK/ERK signaling on dendritic cell immune functions

Advisor(s):

  • Edward Behrens

Rotations:

  • Joshua Dunaief
  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Edward Behrens
Jingxin (Jessica) Li

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Arjun Raj

Rotations:

  • Mitchell Lazar
  • Arjun Raj
Danielle Murashige

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Hao Wu
  • Adam Resnick
Claudia Lovell (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Wellen
Emily Lubin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Kalish
  • Elizabeth Bhoj
Kelly Martins

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • James Wilson

Rotations:

  • Kiran Musunuru
  • James Wilson
Jessica Phan

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Edward Lee

Rotations:

  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
  • Edward Lee
  • Robert Kalb
Kurtis McCannell

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Mia Levine
  • Alessandro Gardini
  • Junwei Shi
Lydia Mendoza (she/her/hers)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Weitzman

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Daniel Beiting
Yuwei Qi

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Explore the mechanisms underlying irradiation-induced immunomodulation in cancer therapy

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Andy Minn
  • Eric Witze
Erick Mitchell-Velasquez (he/him/his)

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Maureen Murphy
  • Malay Haldar
  • Peter Choi
  • Irfan Asangani
Aileen Ren (she/her/hers)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Mark Kahn

Rotations:

  • Mark Kahn
  • Robert Heuckeroth
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
Daniel Morreale

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Paul Planet

Rotations:

  • Joseph St Geme
  • Paul Planet
  • Audrey John
Alexander Salomon

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Benjamin Prosser

Rotations:

  • Robert Heuckeroth
  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Christopher Brown
Catriana Nations

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Gadue

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Stewart Anderson
  • Stella Chou
Ioana Soaita

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Zoltan Arany
  • Raymond Soccio
Kara Nelson (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Stephen Dinardo

Rotations:

  • Jeremy Wang
  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Paul Gadue
Folasade Sofela

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The Role of Metabolism in NF1

Advisor(s):

  • Amita Sehgal

Rotations:

  • Thomas Jongens
  • Amita Sehgal
  • Douglas Wallace
Raymond Ng

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
Derek Sung (he/him/his)

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Mark Kahn

Rotations:

  • Mark Kahn
  • Edward Morrisey
Jayme Nordin

Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Montserrat Anguera

Rotations:

  • Zhaolan Zhou
  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Montserrat Anguera
Katelyn Sweeney

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Mechanistic dissection of novel regulators of TDP-43 aggregation identified in a genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 knockout screen

Advisor(s):

  • Ophir Shalem

Rotations:

  • Michael Marks
  • Ophir Shalem
  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
Keenan O'Dea

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Christopher Hunter
  • Joseph Zackular
Anna Garcia Whitlock

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: Mechanisms driving stress-induced hyperglycemia following trauma

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Titchenell

Rotations:

  • Paul Titchenell
  • Mitchell Lazar
Yohaniz Ortega-Burgos

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Bhoj
  • Paula Oliver
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
Kevin Zhang

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The Impact of Iron on Endolysosomal Function in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium

Advisor(s):

  • Joshua Dunaief

Rotations:

  • Lewis Chodosh
  • Joshua Dunaief
  • Vera Krymskaya
Ruchi Patel

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Marco Ruella

Rotations:

  • Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
  • Marco Ruella
  • Patrick Grohar
Stefan Peterson (he/him/his)

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Maayan Levy
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Sara Cherry
Sara Borst

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Investigating the mechanism of familial thrombocytopenia resulting from mono-allelic mutations in ETV6 or RUNX1 using the human pluripotent stem cell model

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Gadue

Rotations:

  • Christopher Lengner
  • Paul Gadue
  • Anil Rustgi
  • Michael Pack
Olivia Pilling

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Beiting

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • Daniel Beiting
  • Kyle Bittinger
Jessica Brandt

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Jonathan Raper

Rotations:

  • Sandra Maday
  • Arndt Siekmann
  • Michael Granato
Jacqueline Plesset

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Gregory Beatty

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Celeste Simon
  • Gregory Beatty
Ryan Cheng

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Advisor(s):

  • Jonathan Raper

Rotations:

  • Jonathan Raper
  • Michael Pack
  • Ben Stanger

My lab uses the developing olfactory system of larval zebrafish as a model to study the formation of neural circuitry. My thesis project is to investigate the role of a few classical axon guidance factors and their role in the development of olfactory circuitry. Specifically, I am interested in the role that nrp2a, nrp2b, and sema3fa play in the differential axon targeting of OMP and TRPC2 expressing olfactory sensory neurons.


Elana Pyfrom (she/her/hers)

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Amita Sehgal
Ryan Daniels (they/them/theirs)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Robert Mauck

Rotations:

  • Ling Qin
  • Robert Mauck
  • Jason Burdick
Brianne Roper

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Audrey John

Rotations:

  • Harvey Friedman
  • Audrey John
  • Paul Bates
Alexander Dimitri

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Fraietta

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Daniel Rader
  • Joseph Fraietta
Siera Rosen

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Edward Morrisey
  • Alex Hughes
  • Paula Oliver
Zeenat Diwan

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: Unravelling the Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Blood Vessel Diameters

Advisor(s):

  • Arndt Siekmann
Ronit Schwartz

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Elizabeth White
  • Sunny Shin
Joshua Shaffer

Cancer Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Zachary Schug

Rotations:

  • Kathryn Wellen
  • Peter Choi
  • Zachary Schug
Elizabeth Gallagher

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Erika Holzbaur

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Matthew Good
Yue (Claire) Shao

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • Joshua Dunaief
  • Andy Minn
  • Roger Greenberg
Prateek Sharma

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Christoph Thaiss
Christopher Greer

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Comparative phylogenetics of the dystrophin associated protein complex protein families and implications for Adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Advisor(s):

  • Hansell Stedman

Rotations:

  • Jonathan Epstein
  • Foteini Mourkioti
  • Jason Burdick
  • Hansell Stedman
Emily Shea

Cancer Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Lewis Chodosh
Maya Hale (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Zhaolan Zhou
  • Greg Bashaw
Kaitlyn Shen

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Elizabeth Bhoj
Nicholas Holdreith (he/him/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Inhibition of LNK (SH2B3) enhances function and engraftment of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells

Advisor(s):

  • Wei Tong

Rotations:

  • Peter Klein
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Roberto Bonasio
  • Wei Tong
Yentli Soto Albrecht

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Edward Behrens
Elizabeth Howell

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Identifying necessary chromatin states and targets for hemogenic specification and reprogramming by the transcription factor Runx1

Advisor(s):

  • Nancy Speck

Rotations:

  • Peter Klein
  • Nancy Speck
  • Klaus Kaestner
Robert (Teddy) Steinbock

Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Weitzman

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Paul Bates
  • Matthew Weitzman
Allison Jamieson-Lucy

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2012

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Erfei Bi
  • Mary Mullins
  • Edward Morrisey

The Balbiani body (Bb) is a transient aggregate found within the oocytes of many species, conserved form insects to humans. It shares structural similarities with amyloid plaques that cause degenerative disease. Understanding the Bb will provide insight how amyloid networks form and disassemble in a non-disease context, but few components of the Bb have been characterized. I am using proteomics, live imaging and gene editing to identify novel components of the Bb and discover their function.


Nicolette Johnson

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Lengner

Rotations:

  • Thomas Leung
  • Katalin Susztak
  • Rebecca Wells
Chelsea Thorsheim

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Zoltan Arany

Rotations:

  • Zoltan Arany
  • Vikram Paralkar
  • Paul Titchenell
William Jones

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Mary Mullins

Rotations:

  • Mary Mullins
  • Peter Klein
  • Marisa Bartolomei
Nikita Vantsev

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Wei Tong
  • Peter Klein
  • Rugang Zhang
Maria Vogel

Cell Biology, Physiology and Metabolism
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Maday

Rotations:

  • Benjamin Prosser
  • Sandra Maday
  • Rebecca Ahrens-Nicklas
Hannah Kolev

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: Determining the role of UTX and JMJD3, two H3K27me3 demethylases, in the intestinal epithelium during homeostasis and regeneration

Advisor(s):

  • Klaus Kaestner

Rotations:

  • Greg Bashaw
  • Christopher Lengner
  • Klaus Kaestner
Patrick Walsh

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Eric Joyce

Rotations:

  • Eric Joyce
  • Golnaz Vahedi
  • Ophir Shalem
Derek Liberti

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Alveolar plasticity drives lung repair and regeneration via Klf5

Advisor(s):

  • Edward Morrisey

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Edward Morrisey
  • Panteleimon Rompolas
Jesse Weber (he/him/his)

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Beverly Davidson

Rotations:

  • George Shaw
  • Valder Arruda
  • Beverly Davidson
Amanda Weiss

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Jeremy Wilusz

Rotations:

  • Kavitha Sarma
  • Naiara Aquizu Lopez
  • Jeremy Wilusz
Rona Wilf

Genetics and Epigenetics
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Brown
  • Katherine Nathanson

Rotations:

  • Pablo Cámara
  • Christopher Brown
  • Katherine Nathanson
Somdutta Mukherjee

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Investigating the Role of TBX3 in Human Endoderm Development

Advisor(s):

  • Paul Gadue

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • John Murray
  • Warren Pear
Joanna Wong

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Andrew Vaughan

Rotations:

  • Andrew Vaughan
  • Patrick Seale
  • David Frank
Christopher Pai (they/them)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Robert Heuckeroth

Rotations:

  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Robert Heuckeroth
  • Mia Levine

I'm studying the role of microRNAs in the development of the enteric nervous system.


Sarshan Pather

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Hongjun Song

Rotations:

  • Rajan Jain
  • Hongjun Song
  • Guo-Li Ming
  • D. Kacy Cullen
  • Jonathan Epstein
Ying Yang

Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Hao Shen

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Hao Shen
  • Sunny Shin
Ian Penkala (he/his)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Edward Morrisey

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Edward Morrisey
  • Christopher Lengner

My thesis is focused on studying the developmental ontogeny and maturation process of alveolar type one cells in the lung.


Alexandra Zezulin

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Nancy Speck

Rotations:

  • Stefano Rivella
  • Nancy Speck
Gabriella Rice

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Panteleimon Rompolas

Rotations:

  • Christopher Lengner
  • Panteleimon Rompolas
  • Diana Stanescu
Jingru Zhao

Gene Therapy and Vaccines
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Katharine Bar
  • Maayan Levy
Joel Rurik (he/him)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Jonathan Epstein

Rotations:

  • Mark Kahn
  • Jonathan Epstein
  • Edward Morrisey
Samantha Russell (she/her/hers)

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: The Frazzled receptor is required for oocyte development independently of its ligand Netrin

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw

Rotations:

  • Greg Bashaw
  • Michael Granato
  • Douglas Epstein
David Sidibe

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Sandra Maday

Rotations:

  • Kelvin Luk
  • Isaac Chen
  • Sandra Maday
Isabel Sierra

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigating the nuclear organization of the inactive X in female lymphocytes

Advisor(s):

  • Montserrat Anguera

Rotations:

  • Michael Granato
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Marisa Bartolomei
Kamen Simeonov

Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Single cell CRISPR lineage tracing of cancer metastasis

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Lengner

Rotations:

  • Joe Baur
  • Gerd Blobel
  • Christopher Lengner
  • John Murray